Make sure windows are closed and have screens. Dogs should always be kept on a leash when outside; ensure your yard, doors, and gates are secure.
Microchips with up-to-date info are extremely important! If your lost pet is brought to any shelter or veterinary office, they will scan them for a microchip and contact you. DAP reunites hundreds of animals per year specifically because of microchips. If your pet is not microchipped, have one implanted ASAP. If your pet is microchipped, call your microchip company and make sure the information is up to date. Not sure if your pet has a microchip? You can bring your pet to your veterinarian or Denver Animal Shelter to be scanned to check for a microchip, get the chip number, and register it with your information today. A microchip must be updated manually every time you move or change your contact information. You can update microchip information for free at the Found Animals website.
Collar, Tags, and Leash
Make sure your dog wears a collar and tags with up-to-date contact info. Always walk your dog on a leash. Make sure your collar and leash are not deteriorating and are fitted correctly to ensure they are not too tight or too loose.
Make sure your dog is licensed in Denver. Our new PetHub smart license tags provide technology where you can upload your pets profile, including medical information, microchip, pictures, addresses, phone numbers, and much more. To find out more about how to get a PetHub smart license tag, visit out Pet Licensing page.
Prep with pet photos & details
Make sure to have a recent, full-body photo on hand in case your pet goes missing. Being able to see your pet in their entirety is very helpful for shelters and people assisting in the search. Other details to have ready are approximate weight, age, and any distinctive features/markings on your pet.